Joe Walsh Refuses To Attend Obama Jobs Speech That Isn’t About Him

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pictured: joe walsh in an earlier fox news appearance this year.Screechy teabagger sideshow clown Joe Walsh announced he will not be a political “prop” in Barack Obama’s jobs speech and will under no conditions sit still for a one-hour talk about unemployment that does not involve him. You tell ‘em, Deadbeat Joe! If anyone is going to benefit from someone using Joe Walsh as a political prop, it better be Joe Walsh. Joe Walsh will stay at home hosting a sleepover party for small business owners and giving his own speeches about job creation, probably more than one of them, even. Take that, Obama!  The thing is, Walsh loves to snort and sneeze hyperbolic tears of apocalypse and damnation about the terrible regulations and taxes on small businesses that the GOP talks about like the bubonic plague, but we noticed another article next to the Joe Walsh article on McClatchy about the way small business owners actually feel about these beloved perennial Tea Party horrors. What do they have to say?

McClatchy surveyed small business owners to see how they felt about regulations and taxes:

Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation.

“Government regulations are not ‘choking’ our business, the hospitality business,” Bernard Wolfson, the president of Hospitality Operations in Miami, told The Miami Herald. “In order to do business in today’s environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is among the most vocal critics of the Obama administration, blaming excessive regulation and the administration’s overhaul of health care laws for creating an environment of uncertainty that’s hampering job creation.

When it’s asked what specific regulations harm small businesses  – which account for about 65 percent of U.S. jobs — the Chamber of Commerce points to health care, banking and national labor. Yet all these issues weigh much more heavily on big corporations than on small business.

The rest of the story shares anecdotes from the business owners and is worth reading. It mostly proves Joe Walsh is a mindless yell leader who loves attention almost as much as he loves his sweet Congressional job doing nothing. [McClatchy/McClatchy]

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    1. Pristine_ODummy

      I'm truly disgusted by that. Nobody should EVER make their children pay for being born. Kids don't ask to be here. We that bring them here — aargh, this just makes me so mad, I'm going to degenerate into hyper frothing. Please 2 excuse.

  1. SorosBot

    Gah, I am so sick of hearing complaints about regulations when, thanks to Reagan and the Bushes, business in America is now seriously underregulated and corporations just keep fucking over the rest of us.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      B-b-but the local fire department made me replace two ancient fire extinguishers at my small business!

      That's $72 I could have used to create jobs!

    2. fuflans

      right. i went on a rant about this a couple days ago.

      it's like they got the idea to bitch excessively about excessive regulation b/c of the excessive number of disastors we have witnessed of late due to LACK of regulation: BP, wall street, mining deaths, natural disastors, polluted eggs, nuclear power plants (thankfully NOT here. yet), volcanoes, building codes, big plastic land in the middle atlantic.

      but i guess it would be better for the global economy if my local diner didn't require hair nets.

      1. Pristine_ODummy

        When you consider that TPTB actually permit a certain quantity of rat droppings and hair in the food we eat, it's a good thing we have SOME regulation, regardless of how inadequate it is. Otherwise we'd be looking for food in our rat hair/turd meal packages.

    1. Beowoof

      Something tells me that next November this guy will have lots of time for a family that doesn't appear to want him around too much.

      1. DahBoner

        That's why Republicans always start up multiple families.

        Diversification!

        You don't put all your children in one basket…

    2. Pristine_ODummy

      That's for when he loses his re-election bid. I'm sure his constituents are pretty damn sick 'n tired of listening to his self-aggrandizing bullshit.

    1. PubOption

      The SBA definition of small business, I believe, includes those businesses with up to 500 employees. Some areas of business have managed to bribe their way into being included with up to 1000 employees.

  2. Pragmatist2

    Facts! Why do you libtards keep bringing up facts????
    Ronald Reagan didn't rely on facts!
    Real Americans don't need facts!
    We need deeply held beliefs, not based on facts.

    1. Beowoof

      It is how fervently we believe that makes it all okay, except for those things like food, shelter, jobs etc. But not having those things is clearly the fault of liberals trying to help us get those things that is the problem.

    1. DahBoner

      Too bad he isn't frozen–it makes it a lot harder for someone to break off his dick, for a souvenir….

    1. ottercliff

      No, no, that's a Simon and Garfunkel tune. Joe Walsh wrote that song about "my Maserati does 185". I think that was before he became a Republican.

    2. flamingpdog

      Lazy, shiftless welfares queen and kings, wearing pimp … oh, wait, proper business attire. Go figure, Joe.

  3. bigdupa

    How about the Government sell the debt of people who miss their child support payments. Sort o like factoring invoices. Ex-Mrs. Walsh could say her baby daddy owes her $100,000 or so and will settle for $75,000. She could place her offer on a site, the unemployed could bid to buy her debt and then spend their days tracking down the deadbeats. Win- win- win. Only the unemployed would be eligible for this program and any money they earn would be credited against their unemployment benefits.

    Maybe I could start a petition for the Baby Daddy Responsibility Fugitive Payments Act? Need 4,999 more to sign on.

          1. BornInATrailer

            I feel like I should admit that I have a number of Eagles and Steve Miller Band songs in my big general playlist.

  4. metamarcisf

    Haven't heard from the Midnight Man in a couple of weeks. He must be busy writing those checks to his ex-wife.

  5. SorosBot

    And really, the vile Chamber of Commerce shitcocks points to too much regulation on "health care, banking and national labor."? Really? We are still suffering from the recession caused by the housing bubble that was DIRECTLY CAUSED BY THE BANKS, because the regulations that would prevented those acts before were repealed. Banking has nowhere near enough regulation it needs. The same is certainly true of health care, the ACA will make things somewhat better but we need to go further. And labor? Really? The workers get screwed over by their employers constantly, with a government that hasn't been on their side much since 1980. The evil human-hating Chamber of Commerce managed to name three areas that have way, way, way too few government regulations as needing less. Fuck off, set yourselves on fire and stop ruining the country, cocksuckers.

    1. flamingpdog

      I like your suggestion for Chamber of Commerce shitcocks as an alternative energy source. You think we can get 5000 people to sign a petition to Obama about it?

  6. freakishlywrong

    What a pantload this asshole is. Can you imagine how fucking fast a (D) would have landed at GITMO if they had refused to be a political prop for one Dubya's war rallies? But, they're not racist! Oh no.

    1. Mumbletypeg

      Insubordination is the new Civil Discourse, esp. if you're a Republican and frequently if your first name is Joe.
      It strikes me that he's depriving himself of a ripe opportunity to become the next Joe Wilson…

      1. flamingpdog

        My oldest son and a friend of his built a website in high school dedicated to their religion of Joe. It was nothing like these asswipes. I hope he never reads this Wonkette post – he would have the sadz.

  7. slithytoves

    Someone should tell Joe that the old "conspicuous by your absence" thing only works if anyone gives a shit about your existence.

  8. MildMidwesterner

    As a consumer, here is a sample of regulations I like:
    - water safety standards
    - FAA regulations
    - drug safety standards
    - basic cable rate caps
    - corn syrup production regulations
    - "freshness seals" on my cheetos
    - electrical safety for my vibrator

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      "- electrical safety for my vibrator"

      Always look for the Underwriter's Laboratory "UL" certification mark!!

    2. user-of-owls

      All good, but you have to admit some of them are way over the top, like,

      -requiring licenses for commercial airplane pilots.

      Seriously, what a fucking nanny-state.

  9. baconzgood

    I was always when the POTUS addresses a joint session of congress you…you know…had to be there if you were a congressman.

    1. Swampgas_Man

      You wanna involve Joe Walsh? Announce his firing and defenestration in the first sentence of your speech.

  10. Clancy_Pants

    "I have a mansion but forget the price
    Ain't never been there, they tell me its nice
    I live in hotels, tear out the walls
    I have accountants pay for it all

    They say I'm crazy but I have a have a good time
    I'm just looking for clues at the scene of the crime
    Life's been good to me so far"

    ~Joe Walsh

  11. Mumbletypeg

    It's kind of unnerving to know this guy was once a teacher, primarily for high school dropouts and also community college level courses.

    Probably the sort who annoyed both his administrators and students to no end with buzzword overkill like "Lemme think outside the box!", etc.

  12. Terry

    Have you seen the list of regulations that Eric Cantor wants to go after to "protect small businesses"? First on the list is regulations related to coal burning power plants. I didn't realize that power plants counted as small businesses.

    1. johnnyzhivago

      I beg your pardon…. For four days and nights, I became Zhivago Power & Light (generation capacity: 6500 watts). I am definitely interested in regulations governing GASOLINE burning power plants…

    2. flamingpdog

      Coal mining releases methane, and coal burning power plants burn coal. I release methane; coal burning power plants are small businesess. Therefore I am a small business. I took Logic in college, and it has finally turned out to be useful.

      1. __kth__

        I am a huge fan of longhair country in general and Gram in particular, but had not come across that bit of Parsonsania. TYVM!

      2. Lascauxcaveman

        He was probably just jealous the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers never approached the commercial success of the Eagles. Rock stars can be pretty catty.

        I grew up in the 70's, and sure the Eagles were ubiquitous, and I got tired of them, but I don't hate them.

    1. prommie

      All right-thinking people despise the Eagles, a vapid, shitty country-rock band that just sucks, completely and totally sucks, the most overrated band in all of history, except maybe the Doors. Don Henly must die!

        1. prommie

          Its impossible to get high enough to think Jim Morrison is a poet, or that he can sing. And Manzarek's circus caliope organ music, barf city.

        2. GunToting[Redacted]

          I think the Doors are an important rite of passage for many pimply, unpopular teenaged boys. When someone over the age of 15 tells me they like The Doors, I end the conversation quickly.

      1. Mumbletypeg

        At least Henley could be construed as capable of laughing at his own mockery-inducing ways. Not a quality you find in most pompous, oversold crowd pleasers.

        This observed by one who was raised in a part of the south where, during the 80s, the number of different Eagles hits on the airwaves at any given time was eclipsed only by the number of Bob Seger/Silver Bullet band tunes beloved by local stations; I'm guessing the number was somewhere between 13 and 20 songs for either outfit.

      2. SorosBot

        THANK YOU. I especially can't stand Hotel California, and for some reason that got severely overplayed in the 90s after their reunion even though it was like 20 years old.

        1. prommie

          The Eagles do NOT give me a peaceful, easy feeling. New Kid in Town, it makes me cringe. The 70s sucked ass, except for punk. The Clash is the only band that matters, still.

  13. randcoolcatdaddy

    "Yet all these issues weigh much more heavily on big corporations than on small business."

    We still have small businesses in the US? I thought they all left for Europe and Asia.

    1. AJWjr.

      I still think most small businesses are tax dodges, and employ mostly the owner and family members. Once upon a time I was a small business. I employed myself, and an accountant for a couple of days a year. I had to hire her, because I wasn't quite creative enough to try to deduct my longjohns.

  14. prommie

    I would guess that somewhere north of 50% of all the regulations governing business and commerce are lobbied for by the businesses affected. Businesses have learned to use the government to promote their business, and in many cases, to enact barriers to entry so that competition can be reduced. Here is a case in point; in New Jersey, over the last 10 years, the pedophile hysteria has resulted in a series of laws being enacted which require everyone to be fingerprinted and background-checked; teachers, little league coaches, volunteer firemen, random people walking down the sidewalk, everyone has to be fingerprinted now. And guess what, would you beleive it, they all have to be fingerprinted by the one private contractor the State refers everyone to. The one private contractor owned by 2 former State Troopers, which lobbied for all of the laws that have been passed, each law resulting in thousands and thousands more people being forced to go get fingerprinted, and pay for the privilege. Just one example.

    1. HedonismBot

      Sounds about right. I heard a radio advertisement the other day for a company that provides fingerprinting, background checks, credit checks and drug test services for companies to force upon their employees and job applicants. I almost got in a car wreck because I was screaming at the stereo in rage. They're like Dick Cheney: it's not bad enough they have to fuck everyone over; they are smugly, obstinately proud of what they do.

    2. Buckminster

      Here in Butte, Montana, we're well aware of the power of the arrogant rich to monopolize government for their own ends. It's our Copper King heritage. It's certainly nothing new that nepotism and cronyism are alive and well.

    1. Buckminster

      I'll contribute to a fund to buy this farktard enough Bolivian marching powder to take him off this mortal coil. Anyone else?

  15. DaRooster

    Joe Walsh for President!!

    No… those were actual bumper stickers in the late 70s(?). Although, not for this douche bag.

  16. powersuit

    Joe Walsh is a guy who thinks mouthing off all day is doing his job . . . instead of, you know, actually working.

  17. prommie

    BTW, when the GOP complains about "regulation," they are just carrying water for the oil and gas and coal and other extraction industries, which pollute like motherfuckers and HATE any and all environmental regulations.

  18. DaRooster

    Hey whoever elected Dick-Weeds like this guy, Cantor, Ryan, Boehner, Bachmann, Graham, etc… (I do believe there are at least a couple others)… FUCK OFF! And thanks a fucking bunch!

  19. Goonemeritus

    Walsh, who chairs a House subcommittee on small business, said he had made it his mission to "help American small businesses create jobs and put America back to work."

    What the fuck has this Congress done to promote job growth. I have spent my career in manufacturing and I can tell you Congress talks about small business but works GIGANTIC business. This congress has only one priority and that is to prevent Obama from wining reelection. If there is a God this crop of freshman will be recalled in mass after the next election and used as a punch line from that point forward.

    1. Buckminster

      Walsh should chair a House subcommittee on wrongheaded asshattery. Something he is REALLY qualified for.

  20. user-of-owls

    How about this: let's build an itty bitty little island out in some Illinois cornfield, plop this poopyhead on it, then dig a deep, wide moat around it and pour in some hungry alligators. Then he can give all the speeches he wants to himself and the long-suffering small business alligators hungrily eyeballing him for dinner.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/16106

  21. Schmannnity

    In another note, have you noticed that "the rich" have been sanitized a la Frank Luntz,into "jobs creators?" Try it at home! The next time some Tea party blowhard starts talking about jobs creators, just substitute "the wealthy and/or rich."

    1. prommie

      It worked with "death tax." I think I have detected the newest Luntz meme, that Obama is a "stupid nigger." Hannity was just saying yesterday that he thinks Obama is stupid, Walsh being stupid took it too far and called him "idiotic." Soon they'll be observing that though he may be "articulate," he's not too bright.

      1. Buckminster

        As opposed to Joe Walsh, who shows all the illuminating clarity of a 15 watt bulb in an amphitheatre

    2. Buckminster

      Whoever got the idea that the wealthy are in the business of "creating jobs" is also fully vested in believing in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.

      Wanna buy a nice bridge in Brooklyn?

  22. EatsBabyDingos

    Can we get Joe a job he likes, maybe as a plumber? He could call himself "Joe the Jackass." Truth in advertising.

  23. FakaktaSouth

    BLEH I am not going to worry about what some loser, racist, ignorant, dead beat dad says. I am just going to be appreciative that the folks I saw discuss this idiot no-count, loser fuck dissing our (because he's black) President were Rev Al, the lovely, intelligent, black lady Congressperson from Maryland, and hottie gay black writer Johnathan Capehart. (and obvs they weren't there as black people reps. They were just the successful people who were charged to deal with this story.) When we hear the vile, repugnant, wrongheaded things any teabagger says, I am grateful as hell that my kids have people to look up to as role models in the face of these "leaders."

    Also, msnbc is weird. It has been able to make me have major crushes on both Rev Al AND Krystal Ball. Okay maybe it's me that's weird, but smart people just get to me in my happy place.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        Yes. Yes you are, and you can be on my list, and I respect you, but only with quotes through Godfather 2, you start with the third one and we got problems.
        Rev Al, Krystal Ball, Prommie, Keith Richards.
        Perfect.

    1. Limeylizzie

      We are from the same egg!! I would totally enjoy a three or four-way with Rev Al, Jonathan Capehart and Rachel Maddow, although it would be weird as two of the four of us are gay, so I am not sure how Al would feel about doing Jonathan.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        I get the feeling that I would scare the SHIT out of the Maddow. She may be gay, but she strikes me as kinda prude-y (which is a total turn on…) I'll join whatever freak show you can put together for us girl!

        1. Limeylizzie

          Epic. I haven't felt the love for Krystal Ball, other than that fantastic name, I like her but I would invite that Donna Edwards from Maryland, she is hot and I would like to totally do something really perverted with Michael Steele and Jared Bernstein.

          1. FakaktaSouth

            I'll betcha that Michael Steele is dirtier and more fun than even I could contemplate. He looks up for anyfuckingthing. It's just a feeling I get, but woowee. Jared Bernstein's voice (and hair) is/are good. He could direct traffic for us easy.
            Krystal is a new one for me (Like Ezra Klein too). She was wearing a little sundress the other day while spouting off things about the justice department and refuting some nonsense some mo'ron had said about the epa and I. almost. died. Sometimes it just hits me.

        2. Limeylizzie

          I can't do Keith Richards, he would be a fun dinner companion, but I am not turned on by many of my countrymen. Hint-it's the lack of circumcision.

          1. FakaktaSouth

            ACK! Now you've made me want him more!!! He's my life long obsession though. Damn. And now I am going to drive my elliptical machine into the ground. (and sadly that is not a euphemism for something better than it sounds.)

    2. James Michael Curley

      Female persons – when New York Freakin' Magazine runs aa article titled "At Least One Candidate for Congress Has Fellated a Reindeer Dildo Nose" your career is over.

  24. ttommyunger

    Joe is just continuing to do what he does best: being absent and running off at the mouth. No wonder he can't keep his women. Job one is showing up, Joe. You're getting paid to act like a Congressman, not a jill-flirted schoolgirl.

  25. DaRooster

    So this guy won't go to a movie if it isn't about him?
    Won't listen to a song if it's not about him?
    Etc…
    So why in the fuck would you run for office? It is NEVER about YOU… it is about the people that you represent… or in your case… just resent.

  26. EatsBabyDingos

    Maybe he is staying home to watch Palin's movie on pay-per-view. What's it called, "The De-Flea'D." Except she still has fleas.

  27. Mort_Sinclair

    So when do they garnish this turd's wages to pay his back child support? His taxpayer-funded salary should be garnished in its entirety. What a fuckface he is.

  28. politics_nerd

    *Deadbeat Criminal Absentee Father Joe Walsh refuses to attend Obama jobs speech that isn't about him.

    Fixed…

      1. Limeylizzie

        I have no idea who those people are, but this really pisses me off, I was ok up until now and this just seems like an insane piece of pandering, that fucking jobs speech needs to shit fucking rainbows and stardust.

          1. Limeylizzie

            I need to go and talk to him, I assume he knows what he is doing but he maybe needs to explain it to those of us that still love him.

    1. James Michael Curley

      I'm was not too pleased when this reg was proposed. In essence, it requires a company that buys a bus to outfit it with ozone reducing equipment but allows the company that builds the bus to continue with out reducing ozone emissions.

      This trend was started under the Reagan administration when the EPA required gas station operators to trap fuel vapor emissions from vehicles while being filled instead of requiring the same of car manufacturers.

      1. prommie

        The industries with the most money are getting really good at pushing the regulatory burden down the chain to the smaller, less powerful actors.

    2. Nothingisamiss

      Limey, I was not in agreement with the whole Al Sharpton/Krystal Ball throwdown, but I am in total agreement with you here. WTF, Barry. You may really lose me, and I am a dedicated unicorn rider.

  29. Come here a minute

    Rep. Walsh is doing the Congress a big favor by not showing up — they will be able to pay attention and understand President Obama's speech better without the rubber bands and spitballs.

  30. Tundra Grifter

    "When it’s asked what specific regulations harm small businesses – which account for about 65 percent of U.S. jobs — the Chamber of Commerce points to health care, banking and national labor."

    Just off the top of my head, I'd have a very hard time naming any businesses larger than health care, banking and national labor.

    It's also very clear that the banking industry in the United States is not over-regulated. As we struggle to work our collective way out of The Great Recession, who could possibly suggest such a thing?

  31. MozakiBlocks

    The Teabaggers don't really mind government regulations, they mind government regulations administrated by the black guy.

  32. fuflans

    can somebody please explain to me what the 'obama regulations' are? or is this just another straw man argument to undermine him when in fact most of the regulations are years or decades old?

    ususually for baggers, they are not being specific.

  33. Redhead

    I first misread the headline as "John Walsh refuses to attend…" and was confused. Not that Joe Walsh's explanation makes any more sense.

  34. anniegetyerfun

    “How idiotic is this president?” Walsh said. “I don’t want to be disrespectful, but he’s going to bring forth a jobs plan next week. Think about that for a minute. He’s been in office for three years. He’s destroyed job creation systematically for three years.”

    NOT BEING DISRESPECTFUL FAIL.

  35. hagajim

    ♫♪"Spent the last year, Rocky Mountain Way,
    Couldn't get much higher,
    Out to Pasture, think it's safe to say"♫♪

    Maybe whoever hired this fuck out to fire his lazy ass for being a complete fool.

  36. thefrontpage

    Did Joe Walsh go bat-shit crazy just because the Eagles stopping recording and touring? Maybe the Eagles need to get back together. And when did Joe "Life in the Fast Lane" Walsh become conservative? He was also quite liberal during his Eagles and James Gang days. He needs to get back to rock and roll!!

  37. Buckminster

    Somebody tell this dumbass to STFU and go home. Nobody cares. Oh, and pay your G.D. child support, you deadbeat.

  38. DahBoner

    Welcome to the Hotel Washington D.C.

    You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave….

  39. GhostBuggy

    Slightly off-topic, but can we maybe just elect that hideous clown monster Prezzydent? His policy of killing all humans isn't that far off from what we've had for the last few decades, and It won't need environmentally dirty nuclear bombs or concentration camp ovens to do it, either.

  40. OutsideAgitator

    Let's see: Joe Walsh – Joe Wilson – Joe the (non)Plumber – Joe Lieberman – Joe Miller – Joe Mama. Is there a pattern emerging here? Help me out.

  41. seppdecker

    HE doesn't want to be a prop after he and the rest of the clowns in the house turned our government into a prop for their debt-ceiling bullshit?!

    Fuck Joe Walsh and fuck the Illinois Nazis.

  42. widget2011

    Let's face it, Joe's real gripe is that HUGE government tax on cocaine, Happy Heart-Attack Joe! Also, Anger Bear-Clown.

  43. BZ1

    Walsh, the dead-beat dad who owes $117,437 in back child support? The “fiscally conservative” who ran on a “family values” platform? Right, that one…

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